Health care system names new president and CEO


Bill Manns. Courtesy Bronson Healthcare

A West Michigan health care system announced its new president and CEO.

Bill Manns, former Mercy Health Saint Mary’s president in Grand Rapids, will join Kalamazoo-based Bronson Healthcare beginning March 30.

Manns moved from Mercy Health in October 2018 to take the role as president of St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, a 537-bed tertiary care and academic medical center, and St. Joseph Mercy Livingston, a 136-bed community hospital in Howell, overseeing more than 6,200 employees and 1,500 medical staff. Mercy Health and St. Joseph Mercy are both part of Livonia-based Trinity Health Michigan.

“Our CEO search drew over 70 highly-qualified candidates from around the country, and we are delighted to have found Bill Manns among them,” said Nelson Karre, board chair for Bronson Healthcare.

“Bill is one of the most dynamic and personable individuals you’ll ever meet. He brings an analytical mind and a passion for excellence that aligns with Bronson’s vision and culture along with a track record for building strong relationships with his colleagues and community.”

Manns became president of Mercy Health Saint Mary's in 2013.

During his tenure, he oversaw numerous hospital renovations, including the construction of a $50-million new surgical suite; the opening of the Mercy Health Rockford Medical complex; the opening of numerous ambulatory sites throughout West Michigan; and the current renovation of the maternity unit.

From 1996 to 2005, Manns held administrative roles in operations at St. John Detroit Riverview and St. John Providence in Detroit, where he was promoted to COO and EVP in 2003.

In 2005, he moved to California to take on the role of COO for Alameda Health System in Oakland, where he helped lead a turnaround of a struggling public hospital system, he said.

Manns has a bachelor’s degree in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in health services administration. He completed an administrative fellowship at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland.

In addition to his health care administration background, Manns is experienced in LEAN and Six Sigma. His current professional memberships include the National Association of Healthcare Executives, the American College of Healthcare Executives and an appointment by the governor of Michigan to the Public Health Advisory Council.

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